The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Plumbaginaceae.

Plumbago auriculata Lam. (Plumbago capensis Thunb.) Common name(s): Leadwort
Plumbago Genus of about 15 species of annuals, perennials, and evergreen shrubs and scandent climbers from tropical woodland and scrub in warm-temperate to tropical regions worldwide. An evergreen shrub with vine-like stems that form a rounded mound to about 5' high by 6'-8' wide. If desired, plumbago can be grown like a vine and allowed to scramble over adjacent supports. The blue flowers are about an inch in diameter and are arranged in clusters that resemble phlox. A white flowered form of this plant is available (P. auriculata alba). The 2" oblong leaves are a fresh, light green color. Keep it cool throughout the winter and early spring.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 50 F in winter.Brightly lit spot - full sun or very light shade. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take stem cuttiings or root cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seed at 55-64 F (13-18 C) in spring.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

5th Feb 2010
have the blue and white flowers in my garden it looks lovely when in full flower
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